Simon Cowell has attacked Elton John and Paul Weller for criticising The X Factor and claimed his show is healthy for the music industry.

Simon defended the ITV1 talent show against the backlash from parts of the music industry, saying it was ‘getting people interested in music again’.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s final, Simon said: “Elton and I have had this love-hate relationship, but that’s why I’ve always liked him, because he’s bitchy.

“I haven’t heard anything Paul Weller’s said that is interesting, so I can’t comment on that…” he said.

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